Saturday, August 7, 2010

Update: It's looking better

UPDATE: Things are greatly improved. Friday it seemed like Bob was going downhill and the doctors didn't know what to do.  The diagnostic tests  (ultrasound, MRI, three CT scans) were coming back normal. White blood cell count was normal, but other signs of inflammation (sedimentation rate, others) were quite high. Temp spiking to 104.  He was on dilotin, a derivative of morphine I think, but no antibiotics. All day Thursday he was sweating and shaking and in pain. Very scary.

Friday morning things turned around. Bob woke up more lucid, less feverish, hungry, crabby. In the late afternoon he started turning away pain meds and his temp was down to near normal. His blood has been sent away to be cultured but we won't know anything about that for several days. He can go home when his temp is normal for 24 hours and he is eating (he can't hold anything down now),  or when they can ID the bug and administer an antibiotic to treat it.

Bob had not really been feeling good for about a month before, but nothing specific except some back pain. The best guess is that he had a viral/bacterial infection that was percolating and then Thursday in the wee hours it flared up.

I slept at home Friday (i love my bed i love my bed) and I'm heading over to the hospital now. Let's hope the good new keeps rolling in...


  1. Sending positive thoughts your way for his speedy recovery.

  2. What in the world???? Hope the blood work comes back with some answers.

    I am so happy to hear he is doing well now. Scary stuff, that's for sure. Wishing him a speedy recovery and wishing you some sleep filled nights and smile filled days.

  3. Oh, Stacey! I can only imagine that your growing feeling of relief mirrors what I felt as North slowly improved after his motorcycle accident. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bob.

  4. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and Bob!

  5. Eep! I go on the road and miss all the scary parts. Glad to hear that he's on the mend. Another friend of mine had her husband end up in hospital, really out of it and in IC, for some bug they still don't know what it was! Very frightening experience in any case to have a loved one mysteriously ill. Take care of him and yourself!

  6. Hospital? What? WHAT?!? Geez, I miss a post or two and everything goes kaflooey! Glad to hear he's on the mend, and I hope it turns out to be nothing major (as someone who has had more than a few medical misadventures, I highly recommend the once and done/easy to treat type illness :o) I'll say a prayer he's back to normal again quickly; I know you'll keep us posted.

  7. Prayers and jingles for you and your husband! What about Lyme disease?

  8. Glad to hear of his improvement. I hope Bob is feeling even better today.

    I wish the TV character "House" were real, so that he could help you and Bob. I can imagine House saying something like "The immune system is suppressed, so the white blood cell count appears normal but is actually high." Back pain for some time now? I hope the doctors can find a treatment for him as soon as possible.


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